Protest Songs

Our latest weekly playlist gets its pointers from May Day and the art of protest. Check out tracks from the likes of Public Enemy, Kate Bush and Billie Holiday...

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 2 May 2014
  • min read
Welcome to your latest Friday playlist.

To mark May Day, we've compiled our top protest songs. While 1 May is associated with morris dancers, may poles and the start of spring, the date is also known as International Workers Day. For many the holiday has more to do with protest and the fight for an eight hour working day than pagan fertility.

To mark this, we've put together many of our favourite protest songs. We've featured tracks from a diverse range of artists including Kate Bush, Public Enemy, Billie Holiday and Sinead O'Connor. While the styles are diverse, the songs all show that mixing pop with politics can make for a particularly potent force...